Today, I’m joining Marty for her cloche party and since I only have one cloche and it’s in the dining room and since I decorated in there for Christmas, we’ll go ahead and look around at everything.
Hope you don’t mind. 🙂
I sometimes play tug of war with myself, since part of me loves the natural look that I see in magazines like Better Homes and Gardens. The other side of me loves glitz and glitter, so what usually happens, is that I have some of each to satisfy both parts of my personality.
This year on the sideboard, I decided to use my white pieces and go natural. Some of these things are dried and some are fake, but I love the combination of all the natural greens with my white dishes. The middle greenery here in the big urn is actually preserved greens.
Makes for a pretty striking arrangement. The long garland in the front, I picked up at Michael’s in their recent 1/2 price sale and I love how it looks with the icy pine branches. Really adds to the look. I simply put down a string of lights underneath it to make it glow. Dried hydrangeas on the left are from my yard and the magnolia on the right is the dried magnolia from last Christmas that I cut. It dries beautifully with those velvety brown backs on the leaves.
The little snow-dusted tree is fake and I found it last year after Christmas complete with twine for a rustic look. I just noticed I got myself in the pic, didn’t mean to do that. 🙂
You’ll recognize the yardsale bowl that I just found recently and I piled up some pinecones and white glass ornaments to give it a festive feel.
Now, finally we are peeking at the cloche. Are you still with me?? This cloche usually sits in the middle of my diningroom table and I change it out on a whim. I love to add a Winter scene during this time of year with my tiny Christmas village people. Add a little fake snow and it’s too cute! Last year I found that cute little lighted hedge, can you stand it? It’s perfect under the cloche and runs on batteries.
If I remember right, I found it at Walmart too. I added some fresh greens that I cut in our nearby woods underneath the cloche, which is sitting on my white cakeplate nestled in a round silver platter.
These little people make me smile.
And we will enjoy our little Winter scene under glass.
A peek at the china cabinet which also got a glitzy gold pinecone wreath tied on with a pretty ribbon.
And some rustic gold stars that I’ve had for a few years hang from the chandelier with bronze ribbon, along with some sparkly glass ornaments.
Fun, festive and natural. I love this combination. You really can add a lot of ambience with just a few things, so I hope this gave you some additional ideas for your Christmas decorating too.
Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas to all of you.
Kim-Starshine Chic says
I love how you have combined the natural with the glitz. It’s perfect. And your cloche is perfect as well. I love the lighted hedge and that you have added natural greenery below. Thanks for sharing your Christmas dining room.
Oh, Rhoda, what a beautiful, elegant display. I love the simplicity and beauty of the white pieces with all the greenery. Your vignette in the cloche is so cute!
[email protected] Porch Musings says
It’s gorgeous, Rhoda. I love the whites used with the naturals and your cloche is very cute!!
Our hearth room tree looks like all the storage cartons got together and exploded all over the tree!
I haven’t exactly done this kind of tree before. I lost track of how many ornament there are, but they are varied in color, style and size! I know the g’kids are going to love it! That tree is part of the party contribution, for next week.
Everything looks wonderful……I love your mix of natural and glitz! I haven’t even started my Christmas decorating yet….guess I’d better get busy!?!?! LOL…Have a great weekend!
Hi Rhoda, I love your side board, we think alike. I am using all natural and snowy elements in my dining room this year, and I am like you I struggle with the colorful vs. the quieter look of little color. I will let you know how it turns out.I can only imagine how lovely this all looks in dimmed lights and candlelight. Would love to see a shot of the whole room. YOu are inspiring me!!!
Rhoda, Your blog is addictive! I will have to get myself a cloche. What a lovely little winter scene you created. I love the look of the dried hydrangeas and magnolia leaves. I admire your fabulous collection of ironstone and the way you have it displayed.
Also, thank you for stopping by ‘my house’ and your kind words.
Oh Rhoda, this is all just breathtaking. I love it all. YOur sideboard is gorgeous and all of the greenery with the white is so beautiful. Your cloche is just wonderful with your little village people, they look like they are having a wonderful time playing in the snow. Your chandy is decorated beautifully too. Such a lovely room and your decorations are just awesome. Thanks so much for joining the party. This is such fun and you have some wonderful ideas. Hugs, Marty
LOVE all your trimmings, Rhoda! I think the simplicity of whites, greens, and browns is so beautiful. I would love to have a meal in that room!
So gorgeous. That mirror is “to die for!” Love the natural look. Reminds me of one of my favorite pages from Southern Lady magazine!
pk @ Room Remix says
It’s all so pretty, Rhoda! Love the neutral color scheme. Have a good weekend…
Rhoda…you’re dining room is just beautiful decorated for Christmas…and I love your little gathering under the cloche!
Rhoda I love your dining room!!! Especially your sideboard! What a beautiful room!!
Debra @ Bungalow says
Hi Rhoda, It looks fab! I love natural elements and glitz too and you have done a great job bringing it together. The sideboard is gorgeous.
What a great idea to change out the scenes with the seasons. Your home looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing the photos. ~ Sarah
Everything looks so pretty…love your dining room arrangments.
Kate at Centsational Girl says
It’s all so gorgeous Rhoda ! I want to have dinner at your house ! Love it all, such a beautiful medley of wintery wonders.
Cindy S says
Your dining room looks gorgeous all decked out for Christmas! You are an amazing decorator. Hugs, Cindy S.
I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful dining room! The cloche looks very pretty! I used some of my Nativity collection with different cloches.
As always, this is just beautiful, truly. I have been a long time reader but am new as a blogger. You are one of my favorite inspirations. I will email you some time in the future to thank you at greater length for inspiring me. Until then, please know that I think everything you do is just wonderful.
And I, too, love the natural look with the bling…I always call it Rustic Lux………I need and love both in my decorating!!! Maybe that makes me design schizophrenic, but the Good Lord made me that way.
Much gratitude and many blessings to you,
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